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Rank and File auditions

Rank and File auditions have closed. Results will be notified by Tuesday 23 November 2021.

Download: Full Rank and File position description and audition requirements (including set concertos) [PDF 233KB]

CSO Principals roster sections based on player strengths and preferences, in consultation with the Concertmaster. A majority of contracts are issued to players based in the Canberra region, which reflects the CSO commitment to supporting the growing pool of high calibre, local players and developing emerging talent, while maintaining key interstate connections. This is important for the sustainability of the CSO into the future.

Principal auditions

Download: Full Principal position description and audition requirements [PDF 285KB]

Audition Round 1 (audio-only)

Audition Round 1 has closed. Results have been notified and successful candidates invited to participate in Audition Round 2.

Audition Round 2 (live / virtual)

For Audition Round 2, candidates will be required to present:


  • BOZZA Image for solo flute
  • Orchestral excerpts


  • J.S. BACH Cello Suite No. 5 BWV. 1011
    Fourth movement – Sarabande and Sixth movement – Gigue
  • Orchestral excerpts


  • Orchestral excerpts only

All orchestral excerpts for principal auditions are available for download from Dropbox.

Live auditions will take place between 1–10 December 2021 and will include a panel interview. Candidates unable to audition in person may submit a video recording by COB Tuesday 30 November 2021 and participate in a panel interview via Zoom, to be scheduled between 1–10 December 2021.

All applicants will be required to apply virtually (via video recording) in the event that COVID-19 restrictions preclude live auditions in the ACT.

For virtual auditions, each component (concerto and excerpts) must be recorded in a single take – no editing.

Results will be notified by Monday 20 December 2021.


For audition queries, please contact:

Michelle Zarb, Orchestral Operations Manager, via or
Lindy Reksten, Orchestral Development Liaison via

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